At least two Republican senators came out in defence on Mr. Trump at separate TV interviews on Sunday, saying they were at the meeting but did not hear Mr. Trump use the derogatory quotes attributed to him. See: 'I am the least racist person that you have ever met.'
Rather than say "shithole" or "shithouse", he referred to African or El Salvadoran immigrants coming into the United States as hailing from "undesirable countries".
South Africa's involvement is a sign that even large countries with more diplomatic weight, and more at stake with their U.S. relations, are finding it hard to give Trump a free pass. Botswana's courage is admirable, but it is a smaller nation (at least in terms of population).
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A number of African countries have summoned US Ambassadors in their respective nations to explain what Mr Trump meant by the statement.
While the president veered off script, his party also spent the weekend quibbling over what was said and where the disputed comments sit on the scale of moral repugnance. ("He swears! Just like us!") But focusing on the specific words Trump used missed the broader - and much more important - point here.
The 54-member body dismissed the comment as racist, reprehensible, irresponsible and not reflective of the continent's vibrant relations with the United States which predate Trump's White House.
Paul said he's willing to compromise on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but "we do have to have rules that we do enforce" when it comes to immigration.
The backlash over one word is threatening to derail weeks of talks on DACA, the law protecting thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to America as children.